Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Fagin's Hike (Ski-Snowshoe) of the Week- Mowich Lake

I skied this several years ago. However, I just read a report that you can drive very close to where the road is gated. There is ice and some potholes the last mile of the road. Also, you can still access this (it is in the national park) even with the government closure. There is snow coverage the entire way to the lake. This is a good snowshoe or cross-country ski trip.

Old Patrol Cabin photo taken several years ago @ Dennis Long
Mowich Lake @WTACarolineChickadee
Long gentle road@WTACarolineChickadee

Driving directions:
From Enumclaw drive west on State Route 410 to Buckley.
Turn Left (south) onto SR 165 and proceed through Carbonado.
Just beyond the Carbon River Gorge bridge, bear right onto Mowich Lake Road.
Follow the road about 19.6 miles to gate at about 3800'. Or drive till snow stops you.

Trail stats: 10 miles roundtrip and 1400' gain

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